(Continued from part 1 of 2)
The staff members based out of Trustify’s opulent Arlington, Virginia Headquarters unfortunately learned the hard way that they would end up working without pay. They must now join the ranks of Trustify’s former landlord, public relations firm and attorneys whose paychecks were backburnered while Boice and Mellon indulged in lavish spending. Boice also owes over 10K in child support backpay. As though the FBI investigating now investigating him for embezzlement wasn't enough.
Of course, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region are built upon a rich history of boom/bust stories, most of which do not end well. There's the Baby Doe Tabor story and all the prospector's gold sites that eventually worked their way to profitability by building ski resorts and turning caved in mine shafts into high end tourist resorts.
The intrigue of the venture capitalist "uberizing" the private investigator industry with an app was astutely expressed by PursutMag Editor-in-Chief, Hal Humphreys [Disclosure: PursuitMag and the Denver Private Investigator Blog are content partners] who is a fan of disruptors and of startups. “Most of them fail. Most of them fail miserably" he also pointed out but, "every once in a while, one hits and changes everything."
Pursuit published several articles about Trustify and some of the other authors were not as forgiving as it's Editor but it's coverage over time provide a great sense of the former dumpster fire's rise and fall.
Despite it's Western history, the Rocky Mountain region didn't pull many punches when it came to Trustify. Wyoming, Private Investigator, Dean Beers, in fact, posted about the efforts he and the Professional Private Investigator Association of Colorado (PPIAC) made to report the fact Trustify was operating without a license to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
According to Beers, the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) was also involved in researching the history of the company and pointing out the problematic nature of an intermediary operating without licensure as well as the history of Boice's original company, Flim Flam. Their apprehensive commentary on the business goes back as far as the Denver Private Investigator Blog's does.
The DrivenForward blog maintained by Glen Hellman wins for most consistent, persistent and comprehensive coverage of the Trustify fiasco. It contains primary documents as well as a running chart of statuses of lawsuits against Trustify. Hellman was actually pursued by one of Boice's attorneys and posted the notice on his blog.
My final effort to verify the derelict status of the site’ was to call the 888 number. I dialed and got a busy signal. When was the last time I heard one of those?
Will the consumer driven demand for a standard hourly with no retainer fee be met by yet another disruptor rendering the private investigator industry as we know it as obsolete as a busy signal?
Only time will tell. Hopefully savvy investigators as well as savvy tech entrepreneurs will continue learning from the mistakes of their predecessors.
Washington Biz Journal - https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2019/08/22/heres-whats-left-of-trustifys-private-eye-inspired.html
Driven Forward - https://drivenforward.com/former-trustify-employees-awarded-260-thousand-judgement/
Washingtonian - https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/12/09/is-the-blogger-mr-cranky-glen-hellman-out-to-save-dc-tech-industry-or-destroy-it/
PursuitMag - http://pursuitmag.com/a-trustify-postmortem/
For Denver private investigators who are skipping work and heading to Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska for the Great American Eclipse and for Denver private investigators who are staying in Colorado
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
The last time an eclipse crossed the United States via ocean to ocean trajectory was 1918. It's happening again on August 21st and although Colorado misses the zone of "totality" where a total eclipse can be witnessed, many Coloradans --including many Colorado private investigators-- are throwing their drones and surveillance cameras in the back of their SUVs and hitting the Northbound I25 to take advantage of this rare opportunity.
In Glendo, Wyoming where I'm heading on Monday, August 21st the partial eclipse is expected to take place between 10:24 a.m. and 1:12 p.m. and the total eclipse (depending on where you are in Wyoming) runs from 11:45 a.m. to 11:47 a.m.
As careful as private investigators are on the job, the importance of safety, even for those viewing the partial eclipse from Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Trinidad or Pueblo, cannot be underemphasized. Rod Pyle's SpaceDOTcom story about eye damage caused by viewing "partial solar eclipses with faulty equipment as a child" is a poignant one. "Trust me," he cautions, "it's not worth it. And the worst part? There are no pain receptors in your eyes, so you won't know you are damaging them until a few days later when it's too late."
And for those of you who have to miss the total or partial eclipse due to work assignments? Check out Dave Mosher's Business Insider article about how to follow "NASA TV's feed." Mosher explains that "Facebook will also promote the space agency's 4K-resolution, 360-degree Facebook Live broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina. This livestream will be fully interactive, so you can look around and feel like you're actually on the ground in the path of totality. (Though nothing can beat the real experience.)" Of course if you really want the larger picture, you can also see how eclipses look like from space by going here and seeing how Discover Magazine compiled space images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter, however as Mosher says, nothing will beat the real thing.
The United States Postal Service's heat sensitive eclipse stamps are the first postage stamp made with heat activated ink. Chromatic Technologies Inc., a 54 person team based in Colorado Springs, provided the special thermochromic ink for the 60 million solar-eclipse stamps printed this summer" according to The Denver Post. The Denver Post also wrote a useful article (via a Boulder Daily Camera correspondent from Ft Collins) on pet safety tips during an eclipse.
If you tweet your eclipse photos to us at @MileHiPI we'll be sure to share them with the community. You can also share your eclipse images on our Facebook page.
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